Relief for Van Buren County

AR041513The Salvation Army returned to Botkinburg, Arkansas on Friday to continue meal service to first responders, volunteers and those affected by the tornado that struck the small town on Wednesday evening. Initial assessments indicate 33 homes were damaged, while leaving many homes and businesses without power due to multiple downed power lines in the rural community.

The Salvation Army provided 404 meals, 270 drinks and 348 snacks on Thursday and Friday. The Salvation Army feeding efforts are supported in part by a gift from our partners at Southwest Energy. Lt. Russell Clay reports he served a family who watched the home in front of them and behind them receive heavy damage while their home remained unscathed. Although the family was without power, they were out to help their neighbors as soon as the roads became passable.

2AR041513Another volunteer reports he was out with some first responders out on Hardy Hill (an area heavily hit) where they visited with a 97 year old lady outraking her yard while waiting on assistance for a large downed tree over her well. They were able to provide lunch and pray with her as additional assistance arrived.

Local Emergency Management released The Salvation Army crew on Friday afternoon after a surge of community support from fellow neighbors.